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The Centre for the Built and Natural Environment focuses on delivering solutions to close the design versus as-built performance gap found in the built environment.

In addressing this issue, academics working in this area seek to answer the overarching research question: how do we ensure decision-making processes during building design, construction and operation reflect the whole life implications of the dynamic nature of building performance, the effects of occupant responses and perceptions, and the impact of future uncertainties?

The Centre offers the opportunity to develop fundamental research strands based on the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing’s expertise and strong industrial partnerships, as well as being shaped by its Executive Director’s vision for the built environment. 

Research in this area focuses on the following themes that have global impact;

  • Dynamic performance of buildings
  • Occupant and owner responses
  • Impacts of uncertainty
  • Whole-life decision-making
  • Smart civic structure
  • Monitoring buildings

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Concretes Engineering & Materials Science
Vacuum Engineering & Materials Science
Phase change materials Engineering & Materials Science
Cements Engineering & Materials Science
Glass Engineering & Materials Science
Steel Engineering & Materials Science
Temperature Engineering & Materials Science
Pavements Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 1989 2020

1 Citation (Scopus)

A local radial basis function collocation method for band structure computation of 3D phononic crystals

Zheng, H., Zhang, C. & Yang, J., 1 Jan 2020, In : Applied Mathematical Modelling. 77, p. 1954-1964 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Band Structure
Collocation Method
Radial Functions
Band structure
Basis Functions

Enhanced vacuum glazing bonding strength by anodic bonding assisted sealing method

Li, H., Chen, P., Zhang, P., Xiong, D., Cao, X., Shi, L., Peng, S. & Fang, Y., 1 Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Applied Glass Science. 11, 1, p. 147-154 8 p., IJAG13873.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sealing (closing)
Shear strength
Heat transfer
Specific heat
Thermal conductivity
Phase change materials

Projects 2011 2020

Activities 1994 2019

10th International Conference on Computational Methods

James Yang (Scientific Committee Member)
Jul 2019 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

2nd International Symposium on Architecture Research Frontiers and Ecological Environment

James Yang (Technical Committee Member)
20 Dec 201922 Dec 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Best Student

Messaoud Saidani (Recipient), 1 Jul 1986

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Fellow of IStructE

James Yang (Recipient), Oct 2017

Prize: Election to learned society

PE Publishing Award

James Yang (Recipient), Jun 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Press / Media

Education e-portfolio

Messaoud Saidani


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

UAE data security

Messaoud Saidani


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The Multi-Reciprocal Grid (MRG) system and applications

Messaoud Saidani


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment